On Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium, Union defender Fabinho cemented his name among the Union’s all-time most significant players with his 100th appearance, becoming the seventh all-time member in Philadelphia’s century club.
The shortlist of people that Fabinho joins in that club reads like a who’s who of Union history. The list includes two current teammates: Brian Carroll (165 appearances) and Raymon Gaddis (125). It also includes all-time club leading goal-scorer Sebastien Le Toux (175 appearances), Sheanon Williams (141), Amobi Okugo (117) and Zac MacMath (103).
All of these players took different paths to joining the Union’s century club, and all inextricably left their mark on the club over its eight seasons of existence. But where does Fabinho fit in statistically? A closer look at the numbers show the native of Ariquemes is one of the most important defenders to ever lace up the boots for the Blue and Gold.
Despite playing the bulk of his Union career on the flanks, Fabinho has registered the second-most interceptions in Union history with 346. He only trails central midfielder Brian Carroll in the category (369).
The Brazilian has registered 251 tackles won, fourth in all-time Union history. His success percentage of 83.27% ranks 11th out of all Union players having attempted at least 50 tackles.
Showing his two-way ability, Fabinho ranks second in Union history in crosses from open play with 363. He has a good chance to become the all-time franchise leader in the category this season, as he trails only Sheanon Williams, who has 387, in the category.